intelligent character study of a mythologized athlete
| Original Score: B
A brilliantly performed, gut-wrenchingly sad flick
| Original Score: 3/5
Whether he would have won at the next Olympics, we'll never know. What we do know is that Towne, a man of ruefully romantic temperament, has found a soulmate in Steve Prefontaine.
With a very good part for a change, Sutherland invests the imposing Bowerman with a host of subtly expressed attitudes toward his most illustrious charge.
Except for a few lapses, co-scriptwriters Kenny Moore and Towne allow Pre's aura to remain undisturbed by overdramatization and psychological speculation.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Prefontaine's infectious enthusiasm is ably conveyed, although the film might have been a stronger and less earnest effort if producer Tom Cruise had played a more active part.
A couple of sterling lead performances by Billy Crudup and Donald Sutherland.
| Original Score: 3/4
he understated cinematography by Conrad Hall and sterling work from Crudup and Sutherland lend a patina of class, yet it's in the end a po-faced film.
Without Limits wins as a sports film precisely because it's not really about sports or a great victory.
Bland biopic about runners
| Original Score: 2/5
Both Crudup and Sutherland deliver superb performances in the support of a thoughtful, committed, and richly visualized film.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Without Limits is an admirable departure from the norm, but its greatest strength doubles as an undermining weakness.
Offers plenty of interesting insights into the beauty, the poetry, the drama, and the science of athletic competition.
As Pre, Billy Crudup is dynamite -- a magnetic star presence who's unafraid to show how Pre's drive also makes him a bit of a prick.
Towne's most important contribution, aside from his gift for structure and willingness to direct this story in a classic, straight-ahead manner, is the power of his words.
Sutherland's performance is the film's treasure.
Where can a movie like this go except straight into a brick wall?
Beautifully made and features a marvelous performance by Donald Sutherland as the track coach Bill Bowerman, but the movie is no more than moderately interesting.
A zippy, straightforward and entirely superficial film that reduces its subject to Rocky in running shoes.
I wish I could write that he is "without limits" as a director, but it is Towne's flair for the obvious that prevents this picture from going that extra mile.
| Original Score: 2/4